Legion break-in leaves organiser feeling sick
A POPPY Appeal organiser says he's been left sick to the pit of his stomach after discovering thieves had broken into a city Legion branch.
Phill Flower, the community fundraiser for the Royal British Legion in South West Wales, said he felt disbelief that someone would stoop to try stealing from a campaign aimed at supporting the Armed Forces.
It was discovered yesterday morning that the thick double pane of glass had been smashed and it is feared poppy boxes may have been snatched during the raid on the Mansel Street site.
Mr Flower said anyone who has requested poppy boxes should ensure that the person bringing them to their premises has an ID card.
He said: "It's disappointing there has been a negative start before the official launch of the appeal that someone wants to take from the Armed Forces.
"I am sick to the stomach.
"There's no money, no computers and nothing of monetary value kept at the office, it's just poppy merchandise.
"We are checking to see if any of the boxes have gone."
He added: "All the deliverers have got their ID cards and people should check if they have got one in case someone has taken a box to make cash out of it.
"It's incredible that someone would do that."
Mr Flower said they would now be faced with picking up the cost of the repair bill.
"We will have to foot the bill to repair the door," he added.
"The top pane of glass has been smashed even though its double glazed glass, it happened around 3am yesterday."
Mr Flower was full of praise for the team who put out the poppy appeal boxes every year, including Warrant Officer Terry Bravin, who works with the city's Air Cadets.
He added the Poppy Appeal is about serving and past members of the Armed Forces.
Mr Flower said overall people in the community were very supportive of the Poppy Appeal.
"The response of the general public outweighs the actions by the minority," he added.
"They gave in the region of £65,000 last year."
A police spokesman added: "I can confirm we are investigating an incident which occurred at the Swansea Royal British Legion in Mansel Street, Swansea, which was discovered at around 7am yesterday morning."